Curriculum Overview 2019-2020


SUNSET PALMS ELEMENTARY CURRICULUM OVERVIEW 2019-2020

The curriculum for K-5 students will be based on Florida Standards in all academic subjects.

READING

We teach a Balanced Literacy Program, which provides Shared Reading, Read Aloud, Guided Reading, small group instruction, independent learning opportunities, independent reading and writing about reading. Our purpose is to ensure students are placed in “just right books” based on their independent and instructional level which will allow them to grow in reading throughout the school year.  The program includes leveled readers, classroom libraries, mentor texts, big books (K-2), a phonics component, and a leveled book room for teachers.   

WRITING

All students are actively involved in the writing process across all academic areas.  Sunset Palms uses the Lucy Calkins Writer’s Workshop program.  There are three forms of writing which are stressed:  Narrative (telling a story), Opinion (persuasion), and Informational.  Students in grades 1-5 participate in the Palm Beach Performance Assessments. 

SCIENCE

The Science consumable text for grades K-5 is STEMscopes produced by Accelerated Learning.  Additional supplemental materials and grade leveled readers are utilized to meet students’ individual needs. Labs, hands-on activities and technology resources are incorporated into the curriculum.  Students are provided with the opportunity to participate in the Math and Science Fair. 

MATHEMATICS

The Math consumable text, practice book and online component for grades K-5 is envision Florida by Pearson.  Additional supplemental materials are utilized to meet students’ individual needs.  Hands-on activities and technology resources are incorporated into the curriculum.  Students are provided with the opportunity to participate in the Math and Science Fair. 

SOCIAL STUDIES

The social studies curriculum is infused into the reading curriculum in grades 1-5.  Thematic units are implemented across grade levels which allow teachers and students to work cooperatively to access information and create projects and presentations. 

TECHNOLOGY

Technology is utilized throughout the curriculum and school to support instruction and learning.  Each student has a personalized portal with a range of technology resources, including textbook accessibility.  Parents may also access Learning Tools on the school district website for more programs and resources. I-Ready is implemented in all classrooms for approximately 45 minutes per week reading. I-Ready provides valid and reliable growth measures and individualized instruction for students.Success maker is the online component of the math curriculum.    


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